Marcia Muller Books

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Marcia Muller, who had a stint as a journalist and is married to a fellow writer, is an American author of several series, standalone books, short stories, and anthologies. Marcia Muller, who has co-authored some of her work with husband Bill Pronzini, is most notably renowned for the Sharon sleuthing-related Sharon McCone series of novels. Sharon McCone, a female inquiry agentm is the featured protagonist of the “Sharon McCone” series of books authored by Marcia Muller. Muller’s first book portraying character Sharon McCone was published in 1977 called Edwin of the Iron Shoes, and the series of novels is shelved as mystery and suspense-cum-thriller genre.

Order of Sharon McCone Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Edwin of the Iron Shoes 1977 Description / Buy
2 Ask the Cards a Question 1982 Description / Buy
3 The Cheshire Cat's Eye (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
4 Games to Keep the Dark Away 1984 Description / Buy
5 Leave a Message for Willie 1984 Description / Buy
6 Double ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
7 There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of 1985 Description / Buy
8 Eye of the Storm 1988 Description / Buy
9 The Shape of Dread 1989 Description / Buy
10 There's Something in a Sunday 1990 Description / Buy
11 Trophies and Dead Things 1990 Description / Buy
12 Where Echoes Live 1991 Description / Buy
13 Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes 1992 Description / Buy
14 Wolf in the Shadows 1993 Description / Buy
15 Till the Butchers Cut Him Down 1994 Description / Buy
16 A Wild and Lonely Place 1995 Description / Buy
17 The Broken Promise Land 1996 Description / Buy
18 Both Ends of the Night 1997 Description / Buy
19 While Other People Sleep 1998 Description / Buy
20 A Walk Through the Fire 1999 Description / Buy
21 Listen to the Silence 2000 Description / Buy
22 Dead Midnight 2002 Description / Buy
23 The Dangerous Hour 2004 Description / Buy
24 Vanishing Point 2006 Description / Buy
25 The Ever-Running Man 2007 Description / Buy
26 Burn Out 2008 Description / Buy
27 Locked In 2009 Description / Buy
28 Coming Back 2010 Description / Buy
29 City of Whispers 2011 Description / Buy
30 Looking for Yesterday 2012 Description / Buy
31 Skeleton in the Closet 2012 Description / Buy
32 The Night Searchers 2014 Description / Buy
33 Merrill-Go-Round (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
34 Tell Me Who I Am (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
35 Someone Always Knows 2016 Description / Buy
36 The Color of Fear 2017 Description / Buy
37 The Breakers 2018 Description / Buy
38 Ice and Stone 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Sharon McCone Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The McCone Files 1995 Description / Buy
2 McCone and Friends 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Elena Oliverez Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Tree of Death 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Legend of the Slain Soldiers 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Joanna Stark Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Cavalier in White 1986 Description / Buy
2 There Hangs the Knife 1988 Description / Buy
3 Dark Star 1989 Description / Buy

Order of John Quincannon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Quincannon ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
2 Beyond the Grave ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
3 Quincannon's Game ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Bughouse Affair ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Spook Lights Affair ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Body Snatchers Affair ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2015 Description / Buy
4 The Plague of Thieves Affair ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2016 Description / Buy
5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2017 Description / Buy
6 The Bags of Tricks Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2018 Description / Buy
7 The Flimflam Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2019 Description / Buy
8 The Stolen Gold Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy
9 The Paradise Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Cape Perdido Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Point Deception 2001 Description / Buy
2 Cyanide Wells 2003 Description / Buy
3 Cape Perdido 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Lighthouse ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
2 Crucifixion River ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2007 Description / Buy
3 Kindling Point (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Deadly Fantasies (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
2 Final Resting Place (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Deceptions 1991 Description / Buy
2 Duo 1998 Description / Buy
3 Time of the Wolves 2003 Description / Buy
4 Somewhere in the City 2007 Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
4 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Sisters in Crime Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sisters in Crime 1989 Description / Buy
2 Sisters in Crime 2 1990 Description / Buy
3 Sisters in Crime 3 1990 Description / Buy
4 Sisters in Crime 4 1991 Description / Buy
5 Sisters In Crime 5 1992 Description / Buy

Marcia Muller Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Web She Weaves 1983 Description / Buy
2 Child's Ploy 1984 Description / Buy
3 Witches' Brew 1984 Description / Buy
4 Chapter and Hearse 1985 Description / Buy
5 Dark Lessons 1985 Description / Buy
6 She Won the West 1985 Description / Buy
7 Deadly Arts 1985 Description / Buy
8 Wickedest Show on Earth 1985 Description / Buy
9 Lady on the Case 1988 Description / Buy
10 Kill or Cure 1989 Description / Buy
11 Sisters in Crime 2 1990 Description / Buy
12 A Woman's Eye 1991 Description / Buy
13 The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992 Description / Buy
14 Criminal Intent 1993 Description / Buy
15 Women on the Case 1996 Description / Buy
16 Guilty as Charged 1996 Description / Buy
17 A Century of Mystery 1997 Description / Buy
18 Detective Duos 1997 Description / Buy
19 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
20 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
21 Deadly Anniversaries 2020 Description / Buy
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Sharon McCone is a seasoned and much sought-after San Francisco-based private sleuth. She is an ambitious private detective who soon realizes that she has been carried away excessively by the investigative tasks which she undertakes.

The first book in the Sharon McCone series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, starts by showcasing Sharon McCone who recently joined a law firm known as All Souls Legal Cooperative. This kick starts McCone’s private sleuthing career. Unfortunately for her, she has acquired little knowledge concerning her initial assignment which is all about investigating an antique dealer’s gory murder. The assignment takes her to an antique-belt which is also dotted with curio stores. But Marcia Muller must tread softly because that locale is not only stirring fear in the wake of vandalized shops, but she has also chanced upon a secret which, in the quest to hush it up, might possibly lead to a series of murders.

She goes to the antique shop whose then proprietor is the deceased person she is mandated for sleuthing. It is while she is there and amid a mannequin, dummy and stuffed pet, that she learns about the secret. In this serialized Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller has crafted a trend-setting book which buttresses her reputable storytelling prowess, and culminated in her being honored during the 2005 award ceremony of the Edgar Awards. In 2004, Marcia Muller’s Wolf in The Shadows had been nominated for the Edgar Awards.

Marcia Muller Awards

Marcia Muller has won varied awards and been nominated for others for her decades-long writing career which dates from her formative years. Incidentally, she first produced her self-published book while aged 12. Most notably, in 2005, Marcia Muller clinched the Grand Master Award which was proffered to her by the New York-based Mystery Writers of America group.

In 1993, Marcia Muller clinched the Lifetime Achievement award from The Private Eye Writers of America, truncated The Eye. What’s more, Muller had won the 1991 editions of the Shamus Awards for story titled Final Resting Place (this is in the serialized Sharon McCone) in the Best PI Short Story category. In 2010, her story titled Locked In, also a part of the Sharon McCone series, won a Shamus Award in the Best PI Hardcover category; similarly, the character Sharon McCone won a Shamus Award, under the Hammer category.

In 2008, Marcia Muller and her co-author-cum-husband won the Spur Award for their Crucifixion River, in the Best Short Fiction Story category. Did you know that Marcia Muller has clinched the Anthony Award six times? Lastly, Marcia Muller’s non-fiction has also won the Macavity Awards in the Best Crtical/Biographic Mystery Work category.

Marcia Muller Books into TV Shows/Movies

In the past, there have been alleged plans to adapt the Sharon McCone series authored by Marcia Muller for TV series. Spring Creek Productions, in conjunction with CBS-TV, was reportedly working on the film adaptation.

According to Marcia Muller’s 2007 collection titled Somewhere in the City, her 2003 work titled Time of the Wolves was adapted into the adventure action film titled Into the Badlands. Even then, Marcia Muller intuits that the specific part which forms the basis of the film was incorporated into the work of someone else and placed deep into the said film. The starring in that part is actor Bruce Dern.

Best Marcia Muller Books

Naturally, the following are the best books by Marcia Muller by virtue of winning the awards. The first, Locked In, is the 27th in the Sharon McCone series. Hereby, McCone is wounded and nearly paralyzed, prompting her to investigate about the mysterious attacker. The second, Wolf in the Shadows, is the fourteenth in the series; here McCone has succeeded in her sleuthing and is in a relationship with a little-known spouse.

Other Books You May Like

Readers who read the series written by Marcia Muller also read the following. One, Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle series; this revolves around a former law enforcer and private eye called Carlotta Carlyle who has an innate ability of sensing problems, especially when prompted by an elderly woman offering money in her quest for knowing where the brother is.

Two, Sara Paretsky‘s V.I. Warshawski; almost like Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, this series revolves around a Chicago-based private eye. Like the aforementioned, the third book, Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado, has a protagonist who is a private detective.

When Does The Next Marcia Muller book come out?

Marcia Muller doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Ice and Stone and was released on August, 10th 2021. It is the newest book in the Sharon McCone Series.

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